Welcome to the Houghton Lake Area

Fresh air and fresh water – purely Michigan – purely refreshing. Come for the experience that will last a lifetime. You will love all there is to see and do in the heart of Northern Michigan.

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Houghton Lake Michigan

Fresh air and fresh water – purely Michigan – purely refreshing.
Come for the experience that will last a lifetime.
You will love all there is to see and do in the heart of Northern Michigan.

Welcome to the Houghton Lake Area

Tip-Up Town USA

Tip-Up Town USA

This fun-filled family event is the largest Winter Festival in Michigan.

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Find out what exciting events are happening in the Houghton Lake Area

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

The Houghton Lake area offers a wide variety of outdoor activities in all four seasons.

Things To Do

Things To Do

The Houghton Lake area has a wonderful range of attractions and things to do. From events, culture...

Roscommon County

Roscommon County Info

Find information, link, guidebooks, services and more for Roscommon County.



Campfires. Sunrises and sunsets. Nature’s sights and smells. There’s s’more reasons to enjoy camping in...

Roscommon County Dining


Enjoy all the flavors of Roscommon County from Fine Dining to Fast Food and everything in between.


History Comes Alive

See history come alive in Roscommon County with a variety of events and attractions.

ORB GeoTour

Ogemaw-Roscommon Bureau (ORB) GeoTour

Runs through May 20, 2025

Location: Roscommon & Ogemaw Counties, Michigan

Thirty geocaches have been hidden throughout Roscommon and Ogemaw Counties. They highlight the best of the area in any season! Find at least 28 of the caches, fill out the survey, and receive a collectable, trackable, geocoin. Find all 30 caches to receive your digital souvenir.

Fishing Contest

2023 "Catch Us If You Can" Fishing Contest Prize Drawing

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Location: Spicer's Boat City | 4165 W Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake, MI

Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau’s (HLATB) annual prize drawing for their Catch Us If You Can fishing contest is scheduled for April 30, 2023. The drawing will take place at Spicer’s Boat City in Houghton Lake, at 2 p.m.

8 anglers will draw for a chance at the Grand Prize

The grand prize will be awarded based on selection of two matching envelopes out of 20. Each fisherman will choose a tackle box. One box holds a key, which will open a bin containing 20 envelopes. Two matching envelopes must be drawn to win the $100,000 and boat grand prize for the lucky angler. There is a guaranteed first place of $1,000 if the grand prize envelopes are not drawn.

Other prizes include a Mark Martin Ice Fishing School (value$495) and a prize package (value $250) sponsored by Pioneer Hills Marine.

Tammy Thompson of 98.5 UPS and Tom O'Boyle of Great Getaways will both be on hand to interview the anglers and hear their "Fish Stories"!

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Houghton Lake

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Michigan's Other Great Lakes

Roscommon County is your family vacation destination. Here you will find four seasons of fun, fishing, fireworks and festivals. Michigan’s Other Great Lakes – Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake and Lake St. Helen will delight you with their natural beauty, wildlife viewing, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. All three lakes are a sportsman’s fishing and boating paradise. Located in the heart of Michigan you are just a short drive from a great get away.

When you arrive you will be greeted by affordable lodging from luxurious waterfront hotels and family-owned motels to quaint cottages and rustic cabins, or choose to camp at our private and state park campgrounds. Visit many of our casual and fine dining establishments. Head out to our amusement parks, state parks, historical sites, theaters, trails, and beaches. You will experience viewing glorious stars at night in our dark skies.

There are activities for the whole family. Whether you love to hike and bike, golf and shop, canoe and swim - just come stay and play!

Visit Houghton Lake

Discover some of the many reasons to visit Houghton Lake, listed here in no particular order.

St Helen ORV Jamboree

ATV JamboreeATV Jamboree

A weekend gathering of ATV enthusiasts providing enjoyment of the outdoors, the company of family and fellow ATV enthusiasts, and unique, fun activities.

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Michigan State Firemen's Memorial

Firemen's MemorialFiremen's Memorial

The Firemen's Memorial is a monument dedicated to all fire fighters that have died in the line of duty. Each year the Michigan Firemen's Memorial Festival is held in remembrance of these brave citizens at the Roscommon County Fire Training Grounds.

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Marl Lake

Marl LakeMarl Lake

To the south of Higgins Lake lies Marl Lake, more wildness, and better wildlife viewing. The Marl Lake portion of the park is about 700 acres and includes Marl Lake and a small boat launch with vault toilets and 5 mile hiking trail.

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Lost Twin Lakes Pathway

Lost Twin Lakes PathwayLost Twin Lakes Pathway

This 3 mile loop trail winds through an old growth pine forest. Designed for hiking and cross-country skiing this trail has several bridges, including a covered bridge. The trail contains scenic overviews of pristine wetlands areas.

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Fishing / Houghton Lake

Fishing on Houghton LakeFishing on Houghton Lake

Michigan's largest inland lake covering 22,000 acres. The lake offers great fishing possibilities. Here you will find good fishing possibilities for walleye, pike, bass and bluegill. There are seven access sites strategically located around the lake.

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Wellington Farm Park

Wellington Farm ParkWellington Farm Park

This farm is a 60-acre, open-air, interpretive museum located on Military Road is a working replica of a typical Mid-American farmstead during the 1930s. In this park is a unique Farm Market, full of farm fresh goodies from fresh milled flours and corn meal to home-baked pies. October brings Pumpkin Chunkin' and Carving Contests.

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